Today we welcome writer J.P Grider to the Author Showcase. J.P is the author of the YA paranormal novel, A Touch of Honor.
I’m a mother of four, step-mother of one, mother-in-law to one and grandmother of two. I love to sit and write. If I could quit my day job, I’d write all day and read all night.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my family. My day job is a six hour a day QA Tech/Lab Assistant at a company that manufactures vitamins. I don’t love it, but until I can make enough money writing, it’ll do. lol
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
I’m a sucker for a love story. I’ll read or write anything, if there is a love story involved. I write in two genres right now – adult contemporary and young adult paranormal. I’m also working on a time-travel romance right now.
4) When did you start writing? I’ve always made up stories in my head, but I didn’t start writing them down until my youngest child was about four. That’s when I was able to find a little me-time. I found that I me-time was writing-time. It’s an escape for me. I love it.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
I’ve always loved reading, but I must say that when I first read Twilight, I saw a love story through a whole new perspective. I was used to reading the ‘boy-meets girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl back’ romance, but when I began the Twilight series, I found that I loved the ‘tormented/vulnerable boy loves girl from afar’ story. Plus I loved the addition of the paranormal aspect. I’d never read that before, now it’s all I read.
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
So far, everything I’ve written has been based on some experience in my life. Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) was based on my teenage dream to be with a rock star. Lol. Maybe This Life was based on my great-grandmother’s life. And A Touch of Honor was based on my own empathic feelings when my husband was diagnosed with cancer.
7) Planner or Panster?
Both. I start with a plan, but then hardly ever follow it – the story kind of writes itself.
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism was my first one-star review. It was constructive, so that’s why it hurt a lot – there was truth in her review. I didn’t like it, but it helped me in more ways than the reviewer will ever know.
The best compliment was that one reviewer said my work reminded them of their favorite author Nicholas Sparks. That was a real treat for me.
9) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?
My most recent release is A Touch of Honor – a young adult paranormal love story about a girl, Honor, who feels the pain of others and finds out she can heal them. She’s an empath who comes from this special breed of people. But for every life she heals, she loses years off of her own life. She has to make the decision to heal the people around her who are dying or think about saving her own life. She has two brothers, also empaths, vying for her attention. There is also an immortal empath elixir floating around. It’s made of the blood of old evil empaths. If one drinks, they too will become empaths and live forever. The evil empaths who are after the elixir, are also after Honor. The two brothers come together to try to save the girl they both love.
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
Keep focused on your goal and do not give up.
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my stories. It means so much to me that you do.
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